HP and Intel are both making a lot of noise about turning to optical signals for future chip-to-chip and on-chip communications, but IBM appears to now have an edge as far as its claim to have all the basic components necessary, despite the fact that there is still a lot of hard engineering work ahead before commercialization. But are on-chip optics the future of on-chip communications for everybody? If so, can Intel, HP and others catch up on their own, or will they have license from IBM?
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.